Here’s how Alabama’s loss will impact the playoff race

On Tuesday, the College Football Playoff selection committee will release the fifth of its six rankings, and there will be a makeover after losses by No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Miami. Expect a strong debate about Clemson and Oklahoma for the No. 1 spot, and undefeated Wisconsin and two-loss Auburn should both join the top four.

Next week’s conference championship games are the final opportunity for teams to make a good impression for the committee. Here’s a look at some of the questions the committee will consider after Rivalry Week, as well as the possibilities still looming ahead of Selection Day on Dec. 3:

1. No. 1 goes down: What does Bama’s loss mean?

The Tide probably will fall out of the top four this week and their loss to Auburn leaves them at 11-1, without even a division title. This is significant because when it comes to the criteria the committee uses to separate comparable teams, the Tide come up short in a few areas, including their lack of a conference championship. That can be overcome, as Ohio State proved last season, but Alabama has given the selection committee reason to

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